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  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Amazing and enchanting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Loved the movie so I downloaded this...and I love it so much more than the movie (which is very different...also great...but they are two separate things entirely). This has become a book I listen to when I cant get in to anything else. I am always swept away by it...it is absolutely perfect.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,286

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Odd twists...kept me guessing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

First book I've enjoyed in a while. I liked the writing and the characters and I honestly had no idea where this was going...which was a nice change to be surprised as the book went on. I really liked it.

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,609

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Loved it...hope there is a sequel!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I really loved this book. I haven't read/listened to anything from Branson Sanderson that I didn't love. Lately I've had a hard time getting into any book but had no trouble with this one. my only 2 disappointments are that 1...it's a shorter novel and 2...it doesn't have a sequel yet. It stands alone just fine but I want to see more of these characters and it's definitely set up in such a way that there could be a sequel.

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,439

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Interesting listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I will admit...this was my second attempt at listening to Under the Dome and first time finishing it. I had a hard time getting into it a year or two ago when I first got it. stopped and never restarted until this week. I found the characters interesting...definitely the way characters acted seemed very plausible and made me wonder what I would do in a similar situation. Enjoyed this the second time around but felt it dragged a bit in the beginning (I was easily distracted while listening). Would recommend if you like lots of character development and don't mind slower stories.

  • Lisey's Story

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,535

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a love story--it's a horror story--it's both

  • By Lesley on 01-30-07

Enjoyable King Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I really like most Stephen King stories and this one, while not my favorite, was a very good listen. The reader was excellent and I got lost in the story (which is what I like best about King's stories). It was definitely a slower build, which doesn't bother me, and it was a bit of a tear jerker at times too.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,790

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn scary elevated by Hall's narration!

  • By Eric Mochnacz on 04-27-18

Great book and excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I've been waiting years for this to be made into an audio book and let me tell you.. it was worth the wait. Michael C Hall is an AMAZING narrator and I can't imagine a better one for this story. The story itself has been a favorite of mine since I was a young child and saw the movie, read the book years later, and it only improves as I age. Having a child now myself, the book is all the more horrifying. A great book and a wonderful listen.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,561
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,508

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

After reading Wheel of Time...I promised myself I wouldn't start an epic series that wasn't finished. But...2 years ago after reading everything else Brandon Sanderson had out I broke that rule. I am annoyed at myself for it but I cannot deny that this series is fantastic. I didn't reread the previous 2 books before starting this one so it took be a bit to get reacquainted with the characters and to remember some of the back story...but these books really suck you in. I love the world building, storytelling, and the characters. I love how little pieces all come together in the story. I didn't want to stop listening and I have no greater praise for a book than that. Unfortunately...I now have a long wait for the next book. On the plus side...while the story isn't complete...at least it doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger so I still feel satisfied having read it even if I want more. I would not wish the agony of having to wait for a series to be completed on anyone and for that reason am hesitant to recommend...but if it doesn't bother you to wait years between books then definitely give this series a try because it is absolutely fantastic. The readers are also phenomenal.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,247

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't go home again...

  • By David S. Mathew on 10-12-16

Very slow starter

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I am generally a fan of Stephen King and love his descriptions and world building. This one, however, was VERY slow to start and actually left me feeling bored during the build up (which is usually my favorite part). All in all it was an ok story but it took me a long time to get through it because I was bored for the first half. Not my favorite Stephen King book and probably wouldn't listen to it again.

  • Thirteen Reasons Why

  • By: Jay Asher
  • Narrated by: Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,468

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Ideal Audio Book

  • By Diana on 01-10-11

Thought provoking...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

This wasn't a great book...but it's a book that makes you think. It's a book that will spark some great discussion. I'm honestly surprised by the people who dislike the main character or think her reasons for committing suicide are so stupid or small. It's not really a list of 13 reasons why she commits suicide (despite the title) but rather her running down a list of 13 things that eventually led to her suicide and she admits that many are small things...but without the small things the bigger things wouldn't have happened...at least that's her perspective on it.

I like that simultaneously we are hearing Hannah's story through her tapes and the reactions of someone who cares for her as he listens to them. She was not as alone as she thought...but it's too late to tell her that obviously.

Suicide is a hard subject, especially when it involves young people. I would recommend this book for kids and parents to listen to or read together because it's very thought provoking and I can see it as a conversation starter...a way to open the door to talk about something difficult. Not just suicide, but about bullying, about being kind, about how the small things matter.

A good short listen if you like books that make you think and don't mind the heavy stuff.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,104

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Just OK

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I really enjoyed the first and last stories in this collection. The middle two were ok but kind of forgettable as I really had to think to remember what they were about.